Panipuri is a common street snack in several regions of the Indian subcontinent. In East India, it is known as Phuchhka while in North India, it is called Golgappa. It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water, tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. Panipuri has various names, depending on the region. In Haryana it is called Paani ke Patashe in Madhya Pradesh Fulki in Uttar Pradesh “Golgappa”, in West Bengal, Bangladesh and Bihar, Puchka in parts of Gujarat, Pakodi in parts of Odisha, South Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, and Gup Chup; in Hyderabad and Telangana.
There was a monthly children’s magazine published in 1970 in Delhi, called Golgappa. Panipuri was used in the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi starring Sharukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, in which they had the “Golgappa eating challenge”. In the film, the person who eats the most Golgappas is the winner and can ask the loser to do anything he or she wishes.